Whoa. We usually see some great sales near the end of May every year, but this year seems especially great — or maybe it’s just because we’re drooling over so much sweet gear and the plans we’re making to spend the summer outside.

Basically what’s going on is this: Outdoor gear stores are launching some awesome Memorial Day sales, and those stores that aren’t calling out Memorial Day specifically are kicking off the summer season with sales of various names. Most of these sales are on now and run through May 29.

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In any event, here is a handy guide to some of the best sales, some favorite picks and most drool-worthy gear, as well as any links or text codes you might need to take advantage of it all.



P.S. If your favorite outdoor gear store isn’t on this list . . . they might also have a sale during the next few days heading into Memorial Day. Same goes for your local brick and mortar stores. Either way, now is a great time to get some gear you can put to use this summer.


There are two Backcountry.com sales going on now, the first is that you can take 20% off most any one full-price item. If you’ve been thinking of nabbing a higher priced piece of gear like a tent, backpack, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad, now is the time to save. If you’re not sure if it’s on sale or not, put it in your cart. If it is, some red text will celebrate the fact. If it’s not, some red text will tell you it’s excluded. If you need it — and you might not — use checkout code: BCTWENTY

In addition, Backcountry.com’s Countdown to Summer sale is going on and featured categories have new gear up to 40% off.

Here’s an example: You can save $100 on the popular MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent, which also made our 10 Best Backpacking Tents guide.

Oh, one more thing: Most U.S. orders over $50 have free 2-day shipping. So awesome.


REI is having its biggest sale of the year, the co-op’s anniversary sale which is running now through May 29. The sale has great gear up to 30% off, with a lot of great sales in the 25% range, too. For instance, all newly redesigned (and roomy) REI Co-op Quarter Dome Tents are 25% off — The Quarter Dome is another tent that made our top ten tents list.

All Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads are 25% off — truly great savings here, and several Therm-a-Rest pads topped our 10 Best Sleeping Pads guide.

Meanwhile, REI has a lot of other camping, hiking, and biking gear on sale now, too. The tough and comfortable Chaco Flip Eco-Tread flip-flops are a whopping 38% off for both men and women in the REI Garage.

If you’re an REI Member, members can get 20% off one full-price item or an extra 20% off one REI Garage (clearance, basically) item. Use code ANNV17 for those.


CampSaver’s Memorial Day Sale is going on now, featuring top brands like Prada, Osprey, Salomon. It’s hard to know which items are on a usual sale and which are just on sale, but CampSaver has a wide selection. Here’s one example: You can find the sweet Patagonia Down Sweater jacket for as low as $137.40 in some colors — that’s 40% off. The Down Sweater, of course, is one of our top picks in our best down jackets guide.

Meanwhile, CampSaver is also having a members-only 20/20 sale: 20% off one full price item and an extra 20% off items from The Outlet section. Membership is free (just requires that you create an account instead of check out as a guest). Use code CAMPSAVER20 until May 29.

Oh, one more thing: Free shipping on most orders over $50.


MooseJaw’s Summer Sale is on, with up to 30% off top brands like Patagonia when you shop the sale. In addition, you can nab 30% off one full priced Arc’teryx item using code ARC30. Some exclusions apply and some Arc’teryx gear is also 35% off, so you’ll just have to explore to figure out what’s on sale that you also want. Here’s an example, though: The Arc’teryx Thorium AR down jacket, which made our Man Makes Fire Best Down Jackets guide, can be snatched up for more than $100 off. Seriously, a black XL is ready as I’m writing this, so it’s more than just closeout colors.

If the sale items don’t hit what you need, use checkout code SUNBURN to get 20% off one full-priced item.


In the Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) Upgrade Your Gear Sale, you can get 20% off any one full priced item when you use the checkout code GEAR. Plus, you can get 20% off any one clearance item by using the same GEAR code. That includes Thule racks, btw. As for other sales, look for 25% off JetBoil backpacking stove products, 25% off Osprey backpacks, and 25% off the super popular HydroFlask bottles, too.

Meanwhile, there are a lot of Camping Gear sales, too. Once you arrive at the EMS sale page, just scroll down and see categories like 25% off camp furniture, up to 40% off sleeping bags, up to 30% off tents . . . and much more.

Plus, free shipping starts at $49.

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